Atikh Rashid

Articles By Atikh Rashid

When India’s first international film festival was suspected to be a ‘communist shenanigan’

When Frank Capra arrived at India’s first international film festival to foil a ‘Soviet conspiracy’

Rs 6,000-crore loss, dwindling revenues force MSRTC to accelerate measures to earn more

According to MSRTC officials, the state transport undertaking has suffered losses of over Rs 6,000 crore in the last two to three years. Now, it has taken a number of steps, such as setting a target for depots and revisiting its booking lists, to generate more revenue.

To get a licence at Pune RTO, take a driving test, make a solemn promise

Recently, the state Transport department passed an order under which all RTOs in the state have to make every candidate, who wants to obtain a learners’ or driving license, take a ‘safety oath’ before he or she is allowed to go on the test drive track.

Goa promise to build IFFI Village before 50th edition still on paper

Over the last few years, the state's successive chief ministers have been promising to ready 'IFFI Village' before November 2019 when the 50th edition of the festival is scheduled.

Maharashtra election results: In Latur (Rural), NOTA is No. 2 with 27,500, ahead of Shiv Sena

In Maharashtra's Latur constituency, Congress candidate Dhiraj Deshmukh, son of former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, got 1,35,006 votes (67%) in the Assembly elections.

Pune: From campaign issues to low turnout, when Assembly elections mimicked LS polls

While the voter turnout for Assembly polls is often considerably higher than Lok Sabha polls, as the issues in consideration are much more local, this time the turnout in the state was nearly the same as the turnout recorded during Lok Sabha polls held in April.

Pune: Turnout falls in 10 seats in urban areas, Pimpri only exception

According to the numbers provided by the District Election Officer (DEO), urban areas in Pune district saw a 49.78 per cent voter turnout, 4.58 per cent lower than the 2014 Assembly polls, when the urban constituencies had recorded 54.36 per cent.

No rain but no gain: Turnout dips to 57% in Pune

According to the district election officer, the estimated voter turnout in urban areas was 48 per cent while it was 66 per cent in rural areas. Even during the Lok Sabha elections, the urban parts of the district recorded 49.84 per cent voter turnout.

Pune district Collector: Expecting voter turnout to go up by 10% over Lok Sabha polls

Pune District Collector NAVAL KISHORE RAM speaks to ATIKH RASHID about the preparations for polling in 21 Assembly constituencies in the district.

‘Environment of fear’: FTII alumni protest removal of HoDs from academic council

226 members write to administration, holding it responsible for current state of affairs

Pune: EC app gets fewer complaints of model code violations in Assembly poll campaign

With barely a few campaign days left — the last day of campaign is October 19 — the final number of complaints is likely to be far lower than the 1,129 complaints received during Lok Sabha polls.

FTII alumni write to I&B Ministry against removal of HoDs from Academic Council

Last month, FTII students staged a protest over the changes made into the Academic Council (AC) rules, which also stripped the powers of student members.

Govt claims gram panchayats planted 1.7 cr trees in Pune Division, no evidence for 87% ‘planted saplings’ on portal

Available information shows that gram panchayats have not uploaded geographical tags and pictures to support the plantation numbers.

Explained: What are ‘A, B’ forms & why they are crucial

The most important documents are Form A and Form B, which denote that a certain candidate has been approved by a political party and should be allotted the election symbol of that party.

Crop, the image: Pune agriculturist creates art in his paddy fields

Shrikant Ingalhalikar has mastered the Japanese craft of Tambo Ato, which creates images in paddy fields using different-coloured planting.

Shivajinagar-Hinjewadi Metro line: For ease of employees, 5 Metro stations to come up on premises of Pune IT companies

Earlier this month, the PMRDA inked a concession agreement with TRIL Urban Transport (a subsidiary of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited) and Siemens Project Ventures GMBH to design, build, finance and operate the 23.3-km Metro line.

Pune flash floods: Toll rises to 21, search on for five missing

According to Pune Police Control Room, two bodies were found in Pune city on Friday, including a man who was reported missing on Thursday and another unidentified person, taking the toll in Pune city to 14.

Films Division runs out of space, decades of films stored in corridors

Film Division officials requested Pune-based National Film Archive of India (NFAI) to accept these reels for preservation. But NFAI expressed its inability to do so because of space shortage at its own facilities.

Maharashtra: To counter saffron surge, NCP banks on ‘Sambhaji’

Amol Kolhe, is one of NCP’s five MPs in the state, was elected from Shirur after defeating three-time Shiv Sena MP Shivaji Adhalrao Patil in a surprise upset.

Pune: Iconic Jayakar Bungalow opens to public as film library

Jayakar Bungalow, classified as a Grade-I heritage structure by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), was built in 1945 and was once home to Mukundrao Ramrao Jayakar, a barrister and the first vice-chancellor of the University of Pune.

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